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york and new jersey, as well as connecticut and other places along the eastern seaboard. we are working to conduct damage assessments for both operating capital costs needed to rebuild and restore. early efforts should allow us to compensate transit agencies promptly once assistance is made available by congress. this is a first-time effort to get fda contractors and fema people working side by side to do cost evaluation quickly and in concert with one another. secondly, the administration is requesting $5.5 billion to make transit agencies more resilient. people cannot afford to endure the loss of life and property that occurs when catastrophic events repeat themselves over and over. the sums to save them can far outweigh the cost to repair them multiple times. indeed, regional cooperation will be critical to this effort. president obama, as you know this month established a hurricane sandy rebuilding task force under the leadership of hud secretary donovan. we went up to new york just last week to sit with the head of new jersey transit as well as the port authority to make sure that
condolences to the people of newtown, connecticut last. we, an unspeakable act of evil killed 20 children and six adults. changing our community forever. as a nation, we continue to stand by the people of newtown. i now yield to my friend, congressman andrews, for any comments he might have. >> good morning. thank you for continuing our gathering -- beginning a gathering with the proper memorial to those who suffered such a loss in connecticut and across the country. this is the committee on education and labor. the idea that such an act of pure unadulterated evil could take place in a school in this country is not something we can easily process. suffice it to say that there is unanimous feeling on this committee that our hearts and prayers go out to all those afflicted by this unspeakable loss. there is a higher purpose in life than politics. is loving children. and extending that love to those who suffered from this is something i am certain i will join you in with a heavy heart and strong conviction. >> on behalf of the committee, i ask that we honor members who died by serving a mome
children in newtown, connecticut. that was followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator yue.el inoyoue.o i leave with a heavy heart just in the last few days. i want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washington. i want to thank the many people who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have to say that i am touched that both the benches on both sides of this room are filled with my staff members who have been so hard-working and so loyal. they have produced so much in 20 years for our state and nation. i think them. -- thank them. want to thank my colleagues and everyone who has worked here and those who worship behind the scenes to make our lives as good -- who worked behind the scenes to make our lives as good as it could be. they keep our buildings safe and clean, they work in the library's, shops, effort serious, and guide tens of thousands of tourists there are nation's capital every year. i want to thank my husband and our two children. many of my colleagues who were here when i started ringing my children as babies here have watch
of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator danny inouye so i will leave this extraordinary institution and experience with a heavy heart for those who have been lost just in the last few days. i do want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washingto i want to thank the many peopl who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have t say i am touched that both benches on both sides of this room are filled with my staff members who have been so hardworking and so loyal and have produced so much in 20 years for our state and nation, and i thank them. i do want to thank my colleagues and all the people who work here -- senators, but also those who work behind the scenes to make our lives as good as they can be with the hard hours that we all have. those who keep our buildings safe and clean, who work in the libraries, the shops, the cafeterias, and who guide tens of thousands of tourists through our nation's beautifulapitol each year. i want to thank my husband ray and our two children, bailey and houston
are lobbyists and work at these nonprofits. it is an economic generator in this town. host: jim from connecticut, republican line. caller: i have two questions. first, if there is no agreement by the december 31st deadline, can the congress act in such a way that any change in the law would be retroactive to january 1, 2013? do you believe the congress will consider solving for the individual taxpayer instead of the lobbyists? how do we get that turned around? guest: my answer to the upper question now, whether or not they can retroactively take on some of these issues so they do not pass it they can go on in postdate, that is something that have done quite often in terms of tax extensions in different bills where they will pass in february but it will be effective until january. host: industries benefiting most from this issue in terms of lobbying against sequestration in this issue of the fiscal cliff. education, health care, civil service and public officials. our last call joining us from buffalo, new york, good morning. caller: are you there? host: please, go ahead. caller: i am 21 years ol
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